Thursday, October 05, 2006

Conquering Mecca

Muhammad's sword

In 628, Muhammad launched a religious pilgrimage into Mecca that was perceived by Meccans as a military provocation. Muhammad stopped short of Mecca and arranged a treaty that would allow Muslims a peaceful annual spiritual pilgrimage, presumably to pray at the Ka'aba in Mecca.

This arrangement held for two years, after which time Muhammad declared that Meccans had violated the treaty. He led more than 10,000 men in a successful attack on Mecca. This solidified a belief of invincibility among Muslims (and many Arabs) that Islamic forces are protected by Allah and therefore cannot be defeated but will ultimately prevail.

Upon his victory, Muhammad assumed control of Mecca, destroying all of its pagan idols. Muhammad immediately negotiated or forced the surrender of surrounding Arab cities, converting them to Islam.

Soon after repelling the Meccans at Medina, Muhammad wrote letters to the known world's greatest leaders, inviting them to embrace Islam. In his letters, Muhammad said that the nations of leaders who converted to Islam would be safe, but predicted that those who did not convert to Islam would face calamity.

The Ka'aba

Mecca is the holiest of sites in Arab and Islamic traditions. Many people are aware that Muslims bow in prayer toward Mecca. However, when in Mecca, Muslims bow toward the Ka'aba, located in the center of the Grand Mosque of Mecca.

Ka'aba, Grand Mosque, Mecca

The Ka'aba (literally, "cube") is a granite structure about 50 feet high and roughly cube-shaped. Muslims believe the original Ka'aba was built by Abraham and his son, Ishmael. It housed hundreds of pagan idols until Muhammad's conquest, at which time he destroyed all the idols and rededicated the Ka'aba as a singular direction of worship as ordained by Allah to reflect His house in heaven.

Set in the Ka'aba's east corner today is the "Black Stone," a pre-Islamic spiritual relic some say is a meteorite and some believe is the only remaining piece of the Ka'aba as it stood in Muhammad's time. The Ka'aba was replaced in 692 with the structure that stands today. Entrance to Mecca today is forbidden to non-Muslims.


Anonymous said...

/*and rededicated the Ka'aba as a singular site of worship*/

Correction, and rededicated the Ka'aba as a singular *direction* of worship

Rahima Sipkema Lestari said...


Islam looks at women as a bunch of animals.
The Qur'an is an intolerant book and Islam is an intolerant religion.

I am in favor of gender equality and there exists enough space in the Kuran which supports gender equality.

The radical Muslims are feeling themselves under siege and they hide like cowards behind the Holly Walls of Rahima that provides an umbrella of impunity. The result is a rage of failure from the moderate Islam throughout Indonesia
and the Netherlands.

Radical Islam is a diabolic Cult run by crazy blood-thirsty monsters
A clear similarity to their founder
who was a mass murderer, rapist,
blasphemer and pedophile.Married nine year old Aisha. Married again
Javaerah his slave. At the age of forty said to have received the
revelation from Allah to spread Islam a Cult of bloodshed-entertainment.
I am Indonesian born Islam."Don't do this in my name" We are sick of
your bloodshed extremism and of your Mobile-Human-Bombs that murders the innocent for the pleasures of your Satanic lust.
I am against penal amputation of hands as a punishment for thieves u
I am against the Islam death penalty.
The Jemaah Islamiah is an Islamic
guerrilla network synonyms with Indonesia. In their urge of revenge and hatred towards America. The Jemaah Islamiah bomb America in Jakarta and in Bali without any form of sympathy to this suffering nation from drama of earthquakes and natural disasters. As if Allah has completely forgotten this suffering Nation. While America is always at hand ready to get home to Indonesia aid and help to this battered Nation. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

My name Listiani Lestari
id:530971312. Converted from Islam
by my Dutch husband.